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best Linux distro for desktop experience

The Best Linux Distro for Desktop Experience

For Desktop Experience : Ubuntu is the best Linux Distro

best Linux distro for desktop experience

Ubuntu : A quick Introduction
Ubuntu is an operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution and it is distributed as Open Source and Free software although some extra proprietary software is also mixed.It is released under the free software license such as GNU GPL(General Public License) and GNU LGPL(Lesser General Public License) so the users are free to run,copy,distribute,learn,develop,change,improve the software.Ubuntu is sponsored by Canonical,a private company founded by Mark Shuttleworth in order to promote Free Software projects.
OS-family : Unix Type
Initial Release : October 20,2004
Latest Releases(Stable) : Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Code Named : Lucid Lynx) released on April 29,2010.
Latest Releases(Unstable): Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha on First week of June 2010.
Upcoming Version :Ubuntu 10.10(Code Named : Maverick Meerkat) will be released on October 10,2010.
Update Method : APT
Package Manager : DPKG and Synaptic
Kernel Type : Monolithic
Default Graphical User Interface(Desktop) : GNOME

Top Features of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx)

Ubuntu 10.04 : firefox for fast and safe browsing

* Ubuntu 10.04 includes mozilla Firefox version 3.6.3,for safe and fast browsing.Although you can also use other open source browsers like Google Chrome,Midori and others.

*Personal and profesional Documents,presentations,PDF’s can be easily created by using powerful application -OpenOffice.org,an easy to use free and open source software with Nice user interface and a lot of features.

*In Ubuntu 10.04 ,you can easily install any other supported free open source softwares in a single click by using Ubuntu Software Center OR Synaptic Package Manager.All the FOSS(Free and Open Source Software) are categorized well like Education,games,Graphics,Programming,System,Science and Engineering,Internet,Office,Sound & Video and so on…(with the appropriate subcategory);this helps in finding the software more quickly.Hence software management became very simple in ubuntu 10.04.

*E-mail and Chatting can be done with Evolution Mail and Empathy IM(that is installed by default),although you can also install other popular mail client Mozilla Thunderbird and for chatting Skype is also good.For microblogging an excellent application – Gwibber is already installed.

*Editing,viewing and managing photos is now very simple in ubuntu because an application F-spot is installed by default,which enable you to organize photos much effectively.First connect your cameras or phones to download the pictures then F-spot and other sharing tools like Picasa,Flickr will do the rest of your work.

*Play,edit and make videos with Movie player and Pitivi Video software,which is installed by default.You can install other popular media player VLC player from ubuntu software center in single click.

*Fast Booting Speed is surely,one of the greatest features of ubuntu 10.04.Ubuntu 10.04 takes very less time to load on any computer and very-very less time on newer computers.You can also further increase the speed of applications by allocating more memory or by changing preferences.For more details-Speed Up Ubuntu.

*A lot of(More than hundreds) Free open source games are available for ubuntu 10.04.just Go to Ubuntu Software Center->game and install whatever you want;OR search in Synaptic package Manager.

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DVD ripping software -Install in Ubuntu 10.04

DVD Ripping Software for Ubuntu 10.04

How to Rip DVD in Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)
Ubuntu 10.04 comes with some basic softwares only so some extra softwares are required for other common tasks like DVD Ripping.Actually there are many softwares available like AcidRip,DVD-Rip and so on for Ubuntu 10.04.I would like to recommend AcidRip DVD Ripper,a GTK-Perl application used for encoding DVD’s.

DVD ripping software -Install in Ubuntu 10.04
Install DVD Ripping software on Ubuntu 10.04
1.Open Ubuntu Software Center(Applications->) OR Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->).
2.Search for “acidrip” or “dvd rip” in quick search bar.
3.Click on install to install the acidrip(USC) otherwise Mark for installation and then apply to begin the installation.You may be asked to enter your login password(Ubuntu 10.04 user account),if so then enter your password.Downloading will begin.
4.Installation will just after the completion of downloading process.It will hardly takes a minute.
5.You have installed AcidRip successfully!!(I hope So,otherwise leave a comment to explore your problem in installation)…Enjoy Ripping ….with AcidRip..

Encryption Tool for Ubuntu 10.04

Encrypting sensitive data is very essential these days.If you are sending very important(or sensitive) E-mail or if you want to digitally sign and secure your online communication then you will need a software or tool that will perform encryption/decryption,key management and other stuffs.

Encryption Software for Ubuntu 10.04
There are many softwares and tools available on the internet for encryption/decryption but here I am going to introduce you with two great Open Source and Free encryption Tool :

ubuntu encryption tool

1.GnuPG(GPG) : Command Line encryption tool for Ubuntu 10.04
GnuPG(GNU Privacy Guard) or GPG is an encryption tool developed under GNU project by implementing Open PGP standard.You can use GPG for encrypting and signing data or communication.GPG’s key management system is brilliant.You may feel scary when you think that it has no graphical interface i.e it is a command line tool,but its features and efficiency will force you to learn some commands(It is really simple) to work with it.It is open source and available free for Linux based operating system like Ubuntu 10.04 although A windows version of GPG Gpg4win is also available for windows users.It is installed by default in Ubuntu 10.04,otherwise you may use Synaptic Package Manager.

Important Features of GPG :

  • It can be used as a filter program.
  • It has support with DSA,AES,RSA,Blowfish,Twofish,3DES,CAST5,MD5,TIGER and many more.
  • It doesn’t use any patented algorithm.
  • A good substitute of PGP.
  • You can easily ad new algorithms by using extension modules.
  • It supports signature and key expiration dates.

More details on GPG’s features
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disk encryption tool for ubuntu 10.04

2.TrueCrypt : disk encryption tool with GUI
Truecrypt is an open source software(with graphical user interface) used for encrypting disk(hard disk,pendrive).
Features of Truecrypt : You can use TrueCrypt for creating virtual disk within a file that can be mounted as disk.You can also encrypt whole partition or storage media such as USB flash drive or hard disk.It supports AES-256,Twofish and others.It is available for all major platform i.e for Linux,Windows and MAC-OS.Encryption is automatic and transparent.For more details about its features you may like to go to its official website(Link is given below).

Download truecrypt


webcam software for ubuntu 10.04

webcam drivers in Ubuntu 10.04

After installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx),Are you wondering for the drivers or software for your webcam?Don’t worry! I will tell you about an excellent software for your webcam and then you can record photos and videos along with a lot of fun effects.Not only this,you can also share your photos very easily by using an excellent photo manager,”F-Spot” which came as default application in Ubuntu 10.04 release.

Cheese : For your webcam
The software that you can use very easily for taking photos and videos is “cheese”.Actually it was written in 2007 as a part of Google Summer of code.Cheese can also create some fancy effect in photos and videos by using Gstreamer.

Requirements for Using Cheese :
*GNOME 2.28
*GStreamer 0.10
*webcam

How to install Cheese in Ubuntu 10.04?

It is very  simple ..it  will take two steps and few minutes to install.

step1: Go to Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager and search for cheese.
step2: Click to install.
step3: End..

You can also install it manually after downloading its latest stable version fr0m its official site.
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project management software for ubuntu 10.04

A tool for project management

Now a days it isn’t so simple to manage project time,resources,scope,revenue,risk and cost if you are one of the serious project managers.That’s why many people like to use some tools or softwares for reducing the complexity of project management.

Taskjuggler :

Taskjuggler,is probably the best project management software for Ubuntu 10.04.In ubuntu 10.04 you can install it in single click.Just go to software center and see the softwares in Office section.Then click install.You can also install it fr0m synaptic package manager or by manually downloading fr0m its official site(Link is given at bottom of this post).

Why Use Taskjuggler :

Because it is modern and powerful software for project management.It covers all the steps of project management fr0m scratch to end of the project.It works as an optimising sheduler which will compute your project time lines and resource assignments based on the outline of the project and the restrictions you have declared.Specially it is excellent for modern management strategies like Aglie project management and extreme programming.

Top 10 Features of Taskjuggler
(1). It is open source and free to use.
(2). It is powerful and flexible.
(3). It has Built in templates to get you started.
(4). You can track your project in a simple way.
(5). Easy to use and simple graphical user interface.
(6). status reporting in an easy way
(7). It has support for multiple time zones.
(8). You can analyze profit and loss in few clicks.
(9). Shift working is also supported.
(10).You can also analyze the risk.

There are many other features of taskjuggler that you can find it on its official websites.
More Features of Taskjuggler
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